Sharon Beijer is a Training and Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’. She joined Clingendael in April 2017 and develops training programs for diplomats and other international relations professionals, with a focus on diplomacy and international security.
Before joining Clingendael Sharon worked in Afghanistan where she conducted research and evaluations on access to justice and rule of law development programs. In addition, she designed and implemented various capacity building initiatives for (justice) government officials, local elders and traditional justice actors. Prior to this she was based in Cambodia where her work focused on advancing access to justice for victims of human rights violations and trained prosecutors, judges and lawyers in implementation of criminal laws and regulations.
In addition, she gained diverse project management skills while working for a local good governance NGO in Cambodia and for a globally-operating development consulting firm in the Netherlands.
Sharon holds LLM degrees in International and European Law as well as in Criminal Law from VU University Amsterdam, and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from VU University Amsterdam. After her studies she worked as a legal intern for the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) in Phnom Penh.